DISCOVER SIX SLEEPY REASONS YOU SHOULD GET SOME MORE SLEEP
SIX SLEEPY REASONS TO STAY IN BED AND GET SOME MORE SLEEP
Christmas parties, family gatherings, work long lunches… the festive season is here, and as much as it’s a time of joy, it can cause a lot of stress on our health and well-being. If there is one thing to focus on in keeping your health and wellbeing in check, consider the power of snoozeville. Quality sleep is key to living the healthiest life possible. Here’s six reasons why you should put up a (pillow) fight with late-night partying and tuck into the sheets.
Control your appetite
Did someone say snack? Lacking a significant other S-word, the mere sight of anything food related signals the hunger hormone intro overdrive. A sleep-deprived brain craves a pick-up to get through the day. Unfortunately caffeinated, sugar-loaded and processed snacks are the go-to fix rather than nutritional foods which will do you good. Break the cycle and swap that second afternoon tea for an afternoon nap.
Sleep not only influences appetite levels, but our serotonin levels too. An imbalance of serotonin may influence mood in a way that leads to depression, not to mention poor sleep can lead to fatigue which in turn decreases exercise. Inactivity is a major contributor towards mental health issues so it is vital to maintain a healthy sleep routine to enable a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Top the class
Ever felt foggy after a restless night? A lack of sleep puts pressure on the brain and its ability to think clearly, learn and concentrate. Just like cleaners come into an office at night to clean the mess of the day, sleep gives the brain time to process and declutter all the information from our day and store it into our memory banks. This results in a much clearer, attentive and focused brain come morning.
Less likely to get sick
Sick and tired of being sick and tired? That’s because the two go hand in hand. Lack of sleep can suppress the immune system making you more vulnerable to catching any nasty bugs or flus.
To get the most out of your workout there’s protein shakes, protein bars, protein this and protein that. But when it all gets too confusing, go back to basics and get a good night’s sleep. More zzzs equals less daytime fatigue and more stamina meaning you’ll have more energy for boot camp than a Duracell bunny.
A sleep-deficient body is a stressed-out body. When we are tired, our body functions are put on high alert, leading to high blood pressure and even higher stress levels. So chill and take a nap. No need to feel guilty, it’s all in the name of good health. Goodnight!